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Originally posted by Juicy
reply to post by robertfenix
K, I'll play. What letter does the city start with?
Telescopes Out For Asteroid Close Shave
An asteroid the size of up to six football pitches is to set to whistle past Earth close enough for anyone with a telescope to watch.
It is hoped the rocky mass of between 500ft and 2,000ft will miss the planet by a smidge of about 334,000 miles, taking it only just outside the Moon's orbit.
And scientists say that seeing the asteroid, called 2007 TU24, sweep by is a rare opportunity for amateur astronomers - but like most things, it depends on the weather.
Originally posted by Fromabove
reply to post by Juicy
Had it come in closer, say 100 thousand miles, and been a bit bigger, I think we would have seen a "northern lights" display to tell grandchildren, communication outages, and weather events. So at least from the data we all observed, I would think we could say at least that the asteroid was negatively charged. Good thing it was far enough away.
BTW, I understand that the effect it would have had was in doing some things to the jet streams that infuence weather.